Mizzou Claims Three Individual Titles at Joe Parisi Open

MUTIGERS.COM <i>J'Den Cox</i>
J'Den Cox

Nov. 25, 2013

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Mizzou wrestling program wrapped up a successful weekend at the Joe Parisi Open, hosted by Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Mo. In all, three Tiger grapplers claimed individual titles at their respective weight classes, highlighted by freshman J'den Cox's second collegiate tournament win is as many tries at 197 pounds. Also, junior Drake Houdashelt claimed the title at 149 pounds and redshirt freshman Lavion Mayes was crowned champion at 141 pounds.

Cox, a hometown kid who attended Hickman High School last year, was seeded second in his bracket and earned pair of falls and a technical fall on his way to the championship bout. He faced off against Oklahoma State's Blake Rosholt, the seventh-ranked wrestler in the weight class by Intermat. Cox controlled the bout throughout and pulled away with a 7-3 decision.

Houdashelt was seeded first in his bracket at 149 pounds and earned a pair of falls and a major decision on his way to the finals where he defeated Joshua Kindig of Oklahoma State in a 10-2 major decision. Mayes was sensational as well at 141 pounds, earning three straight decisions to reach the semifinals in the bracket. He then pinned Iowa's Ethan Owens to advance to the finals and pinned Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State in the finals.

In all, 10 Tigers finished in the top three in their respective weight classes in the Gold Division. There was also a Black Division for freshman and sophomore wrestlers and James Krischke (141), Blake Pepper (149), Matthew Lemanowicz (157) and Parker Von Egidy (174) all won titles in their brackets as Mizzou dominated in the Black Division.



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